Wasps face nervous wait after Leinster draw

Wasps face a nervous wait to see if they will qualify for the European Rugby Champions Cup quarter finals after they drew 20 all with Leinster at the Ricoh Arena.

The result means that Leinster have qualified for the quarter finals but Wasps will have to wait until Sunday evening to find out if they will progress.

Wasps are now on 18 points and they will qualify if their total of 18 points from their six group matches means that they are one of the three best runners-up places after everyone has played.

Leinster went out to a 6-20 lead at half time after Fergus McFadden and replacement scrum-half Isaac Boss had scored tries.

The second half was all Wasps however as Matt Mullan and Nathan Hughes ran in tries and they could have won the match but Andy Goode missed with a last minute drop-goal.

A vocal 24,000 inside Coventry’s Ricoh Arena cheered the in-form English side on, even when they appeared to be chasing a lost cause, going in 6-20 at half-time.

Leinster wing Fergus McFadden opened the scoring with a try after just two minutes, converted by centre Ian Madigan, to give the visitors a 7-0 cushion.

Goode kicked the first of his 10 points with a sixth-minute penalty, only to see Madigan reply and fly-half Jimmy Gopperth kick another on 29 minutes to open up a 10-point lead.

Leinster substitute Isaac Boss stretched the lead with a 37th minute try, again converted by Madigan.

But Wasps took the game by the scruff of the neck in the second half, with Matt Mullan crossing on the hour, Goode converting again, to make it 13-20 before Hughes popped up, leaping over the maul to touch down and make it 18-20.

Goode’s conversion attempt hit the post but he was given a second bite of the cherry after an early charge out by Leinster and made no mistake second time round, planting the ball firmly between the posts.

And Goode should have grabbed a deserved victory for Wasps with the final kick of the game, but his drop kick attempt flew well wide of the posts.

Final Score Wasps 20 (6) Leinster 20 (20)

Scorers

Wasps
Tries : Mullan, Hughes
Pen : Goode 2
Con : Goode 2
Drop :

Leinster
Tries : McFadden, Boss
Pen : Madigan, Gopperth
Con : Madigan 2
Drop :

Match Officials
Referee
: Jerome Garces (France),
Assistant ref: Salam Attalah (France),
Assistant ref: Maxime Chalon (France),
TMO: Herve Dubes (France),
Citing Commissioner: Alberto Recaldini (Italy)

Teams

Wasps: Rob Miller; Christian Wade, Elliott Daly, Ben Jacobs, Tom Varndell; Andy Goode, Joe Simpson; Matt Mullan, Edd Shervington, Lorenzo Cittadini, Bradley Davies, James Gaskell, Ashley Johnson, James Haskell (c), Nathan Hughes

Replacements: Carlo Festuccia, Simon McIntyre, Jake Cooper-Woolley, Kearnan Myall, Guy Thompson, Ed Jackson, Alex Lozowski, Andrea Masi

Leinster Rugby: Rob Kearney; Fergus McFadden, Luke Fitzgerald, Ian Madigan, Dave Kearney; Jimmy Gopperth, Eoin Reddan; Michael Bent, Sean Cronin, Martin Moore, Devin Toner, Kane Douglas, Dominic Ryan, Jordi Murphy, Jamie Heaslip (c)

Replacements: Richardt Strauss, Jamie Hagan, Tadhg Furlong, Mike McCarthy, Jack Conan, Isaac Boss, Gordon D’Arcy, Darragh Fanning

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